Our story begins with three “four-eyed” men who grew up down the street from each other in suburban St. Paul. 15 years and $1,000 later, we purchased our first system, an all-grain homebrewing setup that has traveled with us ever since. After becoming proficient with our all-grain setup through years of crafting pilot batches, we brought our knowledge and aspirations with us to Portland, OR where we translated what we learned from the garage to the brewery.
Now, a set of Portland Kettle Works equipment lives in the basement of the historic Pioneer Endicott building in Lowertown, Saint Paul (a building that once housed a basement saloon during its pre-Prohibition life). 12welve Eyes is no longer just the project of three amateurs-turned-pro. It is offering a jumping-off point to other industry newcomers – a place where those who are passionate about their craft are given the opportunity to hone their skills in a brewery for the first time.
All of these new perspectives allow us to see craft beer beyond the status quo. We’re creating the taproom and brewing the beer that we’ve always wanted.